Southeastern's Allegra Weldon receives 2011 Newman Civic Fellow Award


Allegra Weldon receives 2011 Newman Civic Fellow Award

The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Newman Civic Fellows are nominated by college and university presidents to acknowledge motivation and ability in public leadership.

Allegra has taken a leadership role in spearheading an effort to bring locally, sustainably
produced food into our university food services. She is a member of Reconnect, the
university's environmental sustainability student organization. Although this initiative is
young, Allegra is passionate about the effort. The project revolves around social,
economic and ecological principles. Allegra works toward the social goal of educating
the student community about where their food comes from, how it is produced and its
health effects, while seeking to build community by connecting local farmers and
university students. Allegra also believes a strong local economy is key to community
vitality and that supporting local farmers who choose responsible techniques is a
wonderful way to achieve those goals and thus create more jobs. Through this project,
Allegra has been working to ensure that food is obtained from local sources, transported
much shorter distances, using less fossil fuel, and is produced using techniques that do
not pollute land and water resources. Thus, such food is also much healthier for those
who eat it.

For more information on the Newman Civic Fellows Award, visit this link.